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Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.
When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest.
Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.
Kiddo Award Nominee, CYBIL Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, ALA Notable Children's Books, School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of the Year, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Master List, ALSC Notable Children's Book, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, IRA-CBC Children's Choices, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List, SD Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award ML, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, IRA-CBC Children's Choice List, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award ML, School Library Best Books of the Year, Washington Sasquatch Reading Award ML, South Dakota Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award Master List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force
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